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Pleasanton Express Staff

Atascosa County Local Recipient Organization (LRO) has been chosen to receive Phase 39 funding for Atascosa County in the amount of $ 21,604, and $ 66,772 for the ARPAR funding for Atascosa County.

The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the US Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America, The Salvation Army and United Way Worldwide. The Phase 39 and ARPA-R Local Board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

A local board made up of one county government official and other community agency members and representatives will determine how the funds awarded to Atascosa County LRO are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under these two phases of the program.

Under the terms of the grant from the national board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must be: 1). any nonprofit, faithbased or local government agency that provides food and shelter services may apply for funds in both Phase 39 or ARPA-R, 2). be eligible to receive federal funds (ie 501c (3) letter, FEIN and DUNS), 3). have an accounting system that can identify expenditures, 4). practice nondiscrimination, 5). current or former EFSP participation is not a requirement and 6). if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

The Atascosa County LRO has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with the Pleasanton United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church of Jourdanton and Atascosa County Child Care Board and Safer Path participating. These agencies were responsible for providing meals and nights of lodging.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact the Atascosa County LRO Local Board Chair, Gloria Day, at gaday4612@yahoo.com or AIC51999@yahoo.com or call 830-570-2752 and leave a message if unable to reach her for an application.

The deadline for applications to be received is 5 pm March 24, 2022. Send applications to PO Box 352 Pleasanton, Texas 78064 or email to gaday4612@yahoo.com or AIC51999@yahoo.com prior to the date and time due, to be considered as an applicant for funding.

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